Have you recently bought a hoverboard? Then you know how tricky it can be to ride. Steering, accelerating, or even braking this versatile machine are skills to be learned and mastered. And this is only after learning how to stand and balance on it. For this reason, here are a few tips on how to use a one.
Turning on the Board
To power up, do two things. One, press the button at the back of the machine next to the charging port. Or two, press the unlock button on the remote key from not more than 33 feet away.
Setting the Mode
Almost all new hoverboards for 2019 have a Mode setting to give you more control over your gadget. For instance, the Beginner or Trainer mode prevents the machine from jerking while the default setting doesn’t. So, select an appropriate setting. You’ll find the button for this on the remote key.
Checking the Battery Meter
Before stepping onto the board, check to see whether it’s charged or not. If not, charge it fully. This way, the board operates at peak performance and, more importantly, doesn’t cut short your ride.
Stepping onto the Board
Place the gadget on an level surface, preferably near something or someone you can hold onto. Then step onto it one foot at a time, spreading your feet wide for balance. Now try to maintain your balance. And if you can’t, step off and try once more.
When you’re on the board, remember one crucial thing. Don’t needlessly lean forward, backward, or to the side. This affects how the machine behaves, which we’ll look at next. Instead, ride when standing straight.
Moving Forward and Accelerating
To move off, lean slightly forward at about 10 degrees. This presses your toes onto the front of the board causing the machine to move forward. However, don’t lean to far forward unless you want the board to travel faster.
Slowing and Reversing
As you’ve guessed by now, leaning back reverses the board but only if you’re stationary. If you’re moving, it slows the machine down. How fast this happens depends on how far you lean.
Though trickier, steering a hoverboard is just as intuitive. To turn right, tilt your left foot forward while keep your right foot level. And to turn left, repeat the same action but with the right foot.
Getting Off the Board
Slow down to a stop and then step off one foot at a time. And whatever you do, never get off forwards. The hoverboard accelerates forward in response, causing you to fall. Likewise, don’t jump off the board.
Falling off a moving hoverboard frequently leads to injury. So wear protective gear — including knee guards, elbow guards, hand cups, and a helmet — when riding one. Also choose a safe place to practice, such as your backyard, driveway, or an vacant parking lot. Finally, check the weather. Wet or flooded surfaces are slippery, and the water splashing off of them may damage the board.
Despite being a tricky ride, a hoverboard is fun once you get the hang of it. However, be safe when you’re on one. Wear protective gear and select your location wisely. And more importantly, don’t attempt too much at the beginning.